We started off the weekend with dinner and I don't think the locals at Ippy's knew what hit them when the GRITS rolled in.
With so many of us, we split off into four groups. I'm not sure who got the most birds but we all won in the fun category.
Team Moon Pie - G, D and T
The Natalies - M, J and S
Team Young Guns - E, C, K and K
The Horsey Set - S, W and BJ (with Belle and our guide, Scott)
Scott competes in bird dog challenges brought three of his GSPs. This is Ranger, the youngest, and funniest. Ranger just got used to having feathers in his mouth when he retrieved the birds and he was so funny to watch when he'd first pick them up.
My friend, S, waiting for Belle to point. S has a gorgeous matching pair of 20ga side-by-sides made by Arrieta, a Spanish gun maker. S goes on wingshooting and hunting trips all over the world and I love hearing about her adventures. She's off to Turkey this spring to hunt wild boar.
It was a chilly morning but the sun quickly warmed me up. Dave gave me this jacket for Christmas and it's been perfect for the two wingshooting trips I've been on since I received it. It has so many pockets!
After we got back from the fields we all partook in a bit of moonshine. During Prohibition, Franklin County was named the "Moonshine Capital of the World". When in Rome...
John Holland, the owner of the hunting preserve, had never had women hunters before. Well, there's nothing like jumping in two feet first!
The rest of the day saw a round of sporting clays at Summit Springs (owned by GRITS member Julie and her family)...
J breaking a target
The underside of the forend on E's (my instructor) Browning Golden Clays. She calls it Lovey. I shot Lovey a few times and it truly is lovely. It has very little felt recoil for a 12ga o/u.
J and E
K and our trapper
We finished off the day with more moonshine and a delicious dinner of quail and other home cooked goodies, prepared by Julie and her family.
We all had a fantastic time and can't thank John, Julie and their families enough! I can't wait for our next trip!